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Routledge History of Photography


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This new series will publish research monographs and edited collections focusing on the history and theory of photography. These original, scholarly books may take an art historical, visual studies, or material studies approach. Interdisciplinary books are encouraged.

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Photography in China Science, Commerce and Communication

Photography in China: Science, Commerce and Communication

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Oliver Moore
September 30, 2021

Emphasizing the medium’s reception among several Chinese constituencies, this book explores photography’s impact within new discourses on science, as well its effects in social life, visual modernity and the media during China’s transition from imperial to republican government. General knowledge...

The Selfie, Temporality, and Contemporary Photography

The Selfie, Temporality, and Contemporary Photography

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Claire Raymond
May 10, 2021

This book is a theoretical examination of the relationship between the face, identity, photography, and temporality, focusing on the temporal episteme of selfie practice. Claire Raymond investigates how the selfie’s involvement with time and self emerges from capitalist ideologies of identity and ...

Hybrid Photography Intermedial Practices in Science and Humanities

Hybrid Photography: Intermedial Practices in Science and Humanities

1st Edition

Edited By Sara Hillnhuetter, Stefanie Klamm, Friedrich Tietjen
April 08, 2021

This book explores the territories where manual, graphic, photographic, and digital techniques interfere and interlace in sciences and humanities. It operates on the assumption that when photography was introduced, it did not oust other methods of image production but rather became part of ever ...

The Image of Environmental Harm in American Social Documentary Photography

The Image of Environmental Harm in American Social Documentary Photography

1st Edition

By Chris Balaschak
March 04, 2021

With an emphasis on photographic works that offer new perspectives on the history of American social documentary, this book considers a history of politically engaged photography that may serve as models for the representation of impending environmental injustices. Chris Balaschak examines ...

Jeff Wall and the Concept of the Picture

Jeff Wall and the Concept of the Picture

1st Edition

By Naomi Merritt
December 31, 2020

This book grapples with fundamental questions about the evolving nature of pictorial representation, and the role photography has played in this ongoing process. These issues are explored through a close analysis of key themes that underpin the photography practice of Canadian artist Jeff Wall and...

The Materiality of Exhibition Photography in the Modernist Era Form, Content, Consequence

The Materiality of Exhibition Photography in the Modernist Era: Form, Content, Consequence

1st Edition

By Laurie Taylor
December 31, 2020

This book challenges the status quo of the materiality of exhibited photographs, by considering examples from the early to mid-twentieth century, when photography’s place in the museum was not only continually questioned but also continually redefined. By taking this historical approach, Laurie ...

The Camera as Actor Photography and the Embodiment of Technology

The Camera as Actor: Photography and the Embodiment of Technology

1st Edition

Edited By Amy Cox Hall
November 30, 2020

Looking beyond the impact photographs have on the perpetuation and expression of social norms and stereotypes, and the influence of the act of taking a photograph, this new collection brings together international scholars to examine the camera itself as an actor.  Bringing the camera back into ...

Empire, Early Photography and Spectacle The Global Career of Showman Daguerreotypist J.W. Newland

Empire, Early Photography and Spectacle: The Global Career of Showman Daguerreotypist J.W. Newland

1st Edition

By Elisa deCourcy, Martyn Jolly
November 24, 2020

James William Newland’s (1810–1857) career as a showman daguerreotypist began in the United States but expanded into Central and South America, across the Pacific to New Zealand and colonial Australia and onto India. Newland used the latest developments in photography, theatre and spectacle to...

Experimental Self-Portraits in Early French Photography

Experimental Self-Portraits in Early French Photography

1st Edition

By Jillian Lerner
November 17, 2020

This book explores a range of experimental self-portraits made in France between 1840 and 1870, including remarkable images by Hippolyte Bayard, Nadar, Duchenne de Boulogne, and Countess de Castiglione. Adapting photography for different social purposes, each of these pioneers showcased their own ...

Fragmentation of the Photographic Image in the Digital Age

Fragmentation of the Photographic Image in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Edited By Daniel Rubinstein
October 10, 2019

Fragmentation of the Photographic Image in the Digital Age challenges orthodoxies of photographic theory and practice. Beyond understanding the image as a static representation of reality, it shows photography as a linchpin of dynamic developments in augmented intelligence, neuroscience, critical ...

Photography and Imagination

Photography and Imagination

1st Edition

Edited By Amos Morris-Reich, Margaret Olin
October 10, 2019

As the prototypical exemplar of modern visual technology, photography was once viewed as a way to enable vision to bypass imagination, producing more reliable representations of reality. But as an achievement of technological modernity, photography can also be seen as a way to realize a creation of...

Photography, Temporality, and Modernity Time Warped

Photography, Temporality, and Modernity: Time Warped

1st Edition

By Kris Belden-Adams
January 28, 2019

This book examines the photography’s unique capacity to represent time with a degree of elasticity and abstraction. Part object-study, part cultural/philosophical history, it examines the medium’s ability to capture and sometimes "defy" time, while also traveling as objects across time-and-space ...

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